Workers consider cost of commute: 'It doesn't make sense for me'

New York (CNN Business)Gas prices just took another big step in the wrong direction.

The national average for regular gasoline climbed by five cents on Wednesday to a fresh record of $4.67 a gallon, according to AAA.
That leaves gas prices up by 48 cents in the past month alone.

    It now costs 32% more to fill up your tank than on the day before Russia invaded Ukraine.

      Seven states now average $5 or higher, with Illinois becoming the latest to join that unpopular club, according to AAA. New York and Arizona are just pennies away from the $5 threshold. The average in California now stands at $6.19 a gallon.


      No states have an average of $4.15 or lower, with George coming in at the lowest at $4.16.
      Andy Lipow, president of Lipow Oil Associates, told CNN he expects the national average to hit $4.75 in the next 10 days.

        Oil prices, the biggest component of pump prices, continue to move higher.

          Brent crude, the world benchmark, gained 1% on Tuesday to close at the highest level in nearly three months. Brent is up another 1.2% Wednesday morning. The gains come after Europe agreed to phase out 90% of Russian oil imports by the end of the year.
          The national average for regular gas is now 44 cents higher than on the day President Joe Biden announced the largest-ever release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in late March.
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